NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan officials may be forced to ask
Chinese construction companies working on renovation of
stadiums in Nairobi and Eldoret to halt their work to
allow athletes train for the Commonwealth Games.
Korir, Kenya’s Chief de Mission to the Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games, said on Thursday they have run into
headwind as athletes lack suitable grounds to train
prior to their departure to Australia on Mar. 24.
Stadium is undergoing renovation and therefore
unavailable entirely. While Kasarani Stadium warm up
track is fine for training, the pitch is not conductive
for field events training. Those two are in Nairobi. In
Eldoret, Kipchoge Keino stadium is under renovation by
Chinese-owned WIETC Company,” he said.
put in capital and human resources to bring up to world
standard Kenya’s stadium and though the work is
continuing, local sports officials are demanding for
time to train before the workers complete their
Company was awarded the whole tender to construct the
VIP pavilion, terraces, changing rooms and the parking
lot in Elodret’s Kipchoge Keino.
and field athletes, selected last week in Nairobi, will
have to do with any available space to train and Korir
hinted at pitching camp at the Kenyatta University
option is Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, but they do not
have hostels to accommodate the huge team of 80 we need
to have in camp. The Kenya School of Monetary Studies
hostels are good but we haven’t talked to them,” he
Commonwealth Games are set for April. 4-15 in Gold
Coast, Australia. Kenya’s first lot of athletes will
leave Nairobi on March. 24 for Gold Coast while the
marathon team will be the last to depart on April. 8.
challenges in acquisition of training grounds, Korir
said the boxing team of 11 will camp in Nakuru, rugby
players will shift to Mombasa, while the cycling team
will be in Eldoret.
“We have a
challenge to determine where our athletes will be
staying. Nyayo Stadium, Kipchoge Keino (Eldoret), Moi
International Stadium Kasarani - are all under
renovations,” he said.